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Gilmanton School Board has assigned its duties to superintendent

To The Daily Sun,
The citizens of Gilmanton should know that the School District once again has a surplus of funds in excess of $500,000.00 By law they are not allowed to spend this money but must return it to the town. However, every year they try to encumber these funds even though it is illegal to do so.
Also it was stated in a recent School Board meeting that they have not had a clean audit in over two years.
Additionally problems exist with the hiring process in that the School Board's actions violate their own written policies. The school has a high turnover rate and thus is frequently hiring. Positions are filled by the superintendent with the School Board providing merely a rubber stamp when they should be a part of the interviewing process. Recently an Information Technology person was hired without even consulting with the School Board, which has a member who is an IT professional. In effect the School Board has assigned its duties to the superintendent. The board chair even stated that there was no need for the board to participate in the hiring process.
Parents, citizens and voters need to become more involved by attending meetings and requiring accountability from their elected officials. That accountability must begin with following the legally established format which makes the administration responsible to the School Board and the School Board responsible to the voters.
Remember it's your money.
Joanne Gianni
Gilmanton Iron Works
 
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